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Muscle Shoals: Alabama’s Music Mecca; Barnburners; Blitz The Ambassador Plays Live

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Aretha Franklin is one of many music legends to record in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Aretha Franklin is one of many music legends to record in Muscle Shoals, Alabama (Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures)

In this episode: A new documentary tells the story of two historic recording studios based in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, where Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, the Staple Singers and many others turned in some now-legendary sessions. Guests include the film’s director Greg “Freddy” Camalier and FAME Studios founder Rick Hall.

Plus: An 18th-century barn is the centerpiece of Barnburners, a new video documentary series that brings new artists to farm in upstate New York for a two-day recording session. Watch the premiere episode featuring the Brooklyn band Vensaire on – and hear a track from the session on the show today.

And: Ghana-born, Brooklyn-based MC Blitz the Ambassador returns to the studio with his band, The Embassy Ensemble. They perform songs from a new EP, The Warm Up.


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